The Moral of Great Fire Disasters.
According to Joseph A. Culbert, a Philadelphia fire-expert, “the latest fire disaster—the partial destruction of the city of Chelsea—was a deplorable event, but, like the proverbial cloud with the silver lining, it has its advantages. This redeeming feature is that it demonstrates that the fire departments of the present day are able to cope with almost any conflagration, no matter how great it may be. The efficiency of our firefighters should be a national pride. When you come to think of it, the feat of getting under control a fire of such great dimensions as that which swept over Chelsea in something that should not be passed up lightly. In a small and big way it has often been proved that no fire was too great for man to master. Firefighting has become a science created by the ingenuity of wonderful minds. The systematic methods employed required years to perfect. Perhaps, the most remarkable illustration of what an efficient fire department could do in the way of conquering a great conflagration was furnished in the Baltimore fire. Big cities like New York, where the buildings are packed closely together, are constantly open to such disasters, and it is only through tire efficiency of the departments that they remain intact.”